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Bebop Spoken There

Les Paul: "Okay so you make great sounds. The people you're playing for, they work all day, they don't go to music schools and study harmony. They pay their dough, they come in, they listen. If they don't understand what you're doing, they walk out. What are you supposed to do, tie 'em with a rope whilst you explain you're playing great music?" - (Down Beat June 15, 1951).

Jack Perciful: "Unless you're playing somewhere like Carnegie Hall, in the States, the piano is the last thing they buy. When they've got ten dollars left over they go buy a piano." - (Crescendo October 1971.)

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Sunday May 28

Afternoon.
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
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Mark Williams (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Northumberland Park, Tynemouth Rd., Tynemouth NE30 2HA. 3pm. Free.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
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Evening
Cancelled! Young Musicians Jam Session - Quakerhouse, Mechanics' Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 6pm. Cancelled!
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Billy Bootleggers All Star House Band w. Teresa Watson - Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

John Pope Quintet @ The Bridge Hotel July 3 - A Tribute to Ornette Coleman

Jamie Stockbridge (alto sax), Faye MacCalman (Tenor); Graham Hardy (trumpet); John Pope (bass); Johnny Hunter (drums)
Review by Steve H/Photo courtesy of Ken Drew). 
This gig was conceived to commemorate a memorable 50th anniversary – luckily this was not in recognition of England winning the 1966 World Cup but rather a celebration of Jazz North East’s 50th birthday where they had the honour of hosting the great Ornette Coleman trio. True to form our 50 years of football hurt continues. England’s defeat against Iceland meant that rather than being obliged to stay at home and suffer their inevitable Euro quarter-final penalty shootout defeat against France the assembled audience were able to enjoy a spellbinding performance from this absolutely fabulous quintet.
Unusually, it seemed to take the audience a while to get going as the band really hit the ground running right from the kickoff. But once the crowd picked up the groove there was no turning back. Playing numbers from all periods of Coleman’s canon the quintet really did manage to evoke the spirit of the great man who sadly departed last year. It would be unfair to single out any member of the band because they were all equally superb conjuring up enthralling solos in conjunction with great ensemble playing. The band seemed to be visibly enjoying themselves and their enthusiasm and obvious enjoyment transferred itself to the highly attentive audience. Hopefully, this gig won’t just be a one off and this project will continue to develop enabling many more music fans to enjoy the experience of The Ornate Coalmen.
Steve H.

1 comment :

  1. Here, here to them doing it again. Couldn't make it unfortunately but won't miss it a second time.

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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